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ASEAN eyes 'low hanging fruit' for Rohingya repatriation process

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 28, 2019   /  05:16 pm
ASEAN eyes 'low hanging fruit' for Rohingya repatriation process Rohingya refugees shout slogans at a protest against a disputed repatriation program at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf, Bangladesh. Frightened and angry Rohingya refugees forced Bangladesh to call off efforts to start sending back some of the hundreds of thousands of the stateless Muslims to Myanmar, casting fresh doubt on a disputed repatriation program. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

ASEAN and the government of Myanmar have agreed to take practical steps to alleviate the situation in Rakhine state, in accordance with a preliminary needs assessment (PNA) conducted in the conflict-torn region.   The state was where Myanmar’s military cracked down on insurgencies in 2017 that drove out 730,000 Rohingya Muslims, a minority people in Rakhine who are denied citizenship and live in apartheid-like conditions. Myanmar is currently working with ASEAN to prepare for the safe, dignified and voluntary return of refugees who had fled to Bangladesh.   The two sides agreed to pursue "low-hanging fruit" objectives after a meeting of delegates in Naypyidaw on Monday, which was attended by ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi and Adelina Kamal, the executive director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Manageme...

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